Fresh off the release of his 11th studio album Black America Again, Common recruits a surprise guest list for the title track’s remix.

With a heavy jazz-influenced instrumental by Karriem Riggins, Common brings together Atlanta’s Gucci Mane and Virginia’s Pusha T to shift the perspective with additional verses on the “Black America Again” remix alongside BJ the Chicago Kid on the hook.

The self-awareness that both Gucci Mane and Pusha T display on this song give an authentic first-person glimpse into their experiences as Black men in America.

Through his verse, Gucci confronts the difficulties he faces as “a Black man in a white man country.”

Gucci’s recent freedom from incarceration reveals a new side of the Trap God. In what could be considered one of his best guest verses since his release from prison, he shies away from his signature trap flow to adapt a more boom-bap-ish/east coast style. Through his verse, he confronts the difficulties he faces as “a Black man in a white man country.” He emphasizes that the light he sheds on his hardships and experiences through the system is meant to inspire other young Black people who may be dealing with similar life experiences as him.

Pusha closes the song out by confronting his own actions. Since the beginning of his career, he has been honest about his life through his music. It’s something he understands the complicated impact of. He opens his verse with, “I confess, I’ve been part of the problem / As of lately, I’m tryin’ to solve ’em / I sold dope and I still talk the jargon / Just like Malcolm ’fore the X was on him.

All of the track’s artists vary differently from each other, but Common effectively brings them together for an incredible post-election remix.

Aron A. is a writer and journalist currently based in Montreal. Focused on hip-hop culture, he seeks to discover the stories behind the art.

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